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10 February 2016

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A scientifically respectable “higher purpose”

Robert Wright makes the case for a teleology that doesn’t involve "spooky forces."
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Who’s surging in New Hampshire?

Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss talk about the Republican candidates jostling for position in the upcoming primary. Plus: Clinton’s Wall Street speaking fees.

How Rubio’s caution could be hurting him

National Review’s Alexis Levinson says Marco Rubio’s avoidance of saying anything wrong can make it seem like he’s not saying anything at all. Plus: Too early to write off Jeb?

Finding meaning inside the Beltway

Heather Hurlburt on the hidden spiritual lives of public servants. Plus: the importance of being hokey.

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A defense of hypocrisy

Mathematicians Glen Whitney and John Allen Paulos consider why we should expect people to be inconsistent. Plus: Are we ruled by coincidence?

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Why you shouldn’t be afraid of ISIS

Michael Cohen says GOP fear mongering has reached new heights in the foreign policy arena. Plus: Why Iowa doesn’t matter.

Does Jeb still have a shot?

Daniel Strauss says Jeb Bush may still have a path to the nomination. Plus: Who will take down Trump?

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Is Trump winning in the post-ideological game?

Katherine Mangu-Ward and Mark Schmitt try to explain the Trump phenomenon. Plus: What are the chances for criminal justice reform?

Is natural selection just a corollary?

Physicist Jeremy England argues that Darwinism is a “special case” of more general physical laws. Plus: Does physics leave room for free will?

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Shortage of meaning

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Paul Froese, author of On Purpose, investigates why the American poor have more stuff, but less sense of meaning than the poor of the world. Plus: No time for death anxiety.

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The Glenn Show

Why your parents really matter

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Glenn Loury and Sandy Darity discuss the critical long-term financial implications of inherited and gifted wealth.

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Just toughen up?

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Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Daniel Fincke consider the difference between being stoic and being a Stoic. Plus: Advice on dealing with loss.

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The DMZ

Why reporters shouldn’t be nice

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Bill Scher and Alexis Levinson say hard-hitting questions from debate moderators are totally fair. Plus: Why Trump’s debate boycott was a “great call.”

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MIA: The Trump and Sanders foreign policy teams

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Daniel Drezner says there seems to be a groundswell of support for candidates who reject expertise. Plus: Would you work for Trump?

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The case for boredom

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Robert Wright and Maria Popova discuss the benefits of “fruitful monotony.” Plus: Do social networks undermine the spirit of friendship?

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